The 7 loops model
The seven loops model is based on my principles and reflects learning, development and change, and the action that comes with it. The core of the model is passion, not only personal passion but also the passion of an organization or passion of a project. The idea is that passion drives action and that the results of action should always be evaluated in relation to the original passion.
The seven loops model reflects learning, development and change, and the action that comes with it. The model is based on my beliefs and vision. It starts with passion, in this model not only personal passion but also the passion of the organization or passion of a project. The center of the model is the passion that drives the change. This passion drives and shapes the action and at the end of each loop (each phase), the outcome of this action (the product) is evaluated in relation to the passion. Did you reach an outcome that fits the passion and does the outcome contribute to it?
Within the loops, the action to create the product takes place. Going up in the loop, you need to learn about the task and you need to develop knowledge and skills.
The size of the product is limited by the time needed to complete it. A product must be completed within a loop and the length of a loop should not exceed two weeks. If the time needed to complete the product exceeds this, the product must be divided into smaller parts. It is better to complete several smaller products within a loop rather than to spend two or three loops on a single product without being able to evaluate something that’s delivered. The bigger the product, the bigger the risk of creating something that doesn’t fit and the bigger the risk of someone getting frustrated because all of the work done was useless.
The start is anywhere between two loops; it doesn’t matter where. In this ‘initiation phase’, you determine what you want to do in the next loop. It is this stage that you make your plans and set your goals.
When you enter the loop, you start with activities designed to reach the goal. Going up in the loop, you need to learn a lot, do research and so on to obtain the knowledge and skills you need to complete the goal successfully. You need a master to support and guide you. At the top of the loop, you have reached the goal and have gained all the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your own mastery. Going down in the loop, you transfer your knowledge to other people in the organization and try to secure the knowledge in the organization.
When you reach the bottom of the loop, it is time to verify the outcomes of the learning, not only in itself but also in a broader, overall perspective; you need to test the consequences of the change for the organization.
The seven loops can be used for personal development as well. In the first loop you unleash your passion, in the second you explore the world, in the next you acknowledge your talents and unleash them, in the fourth you let your talent flow (acknowledged by others), in the fifth loop you give a platform to your ideas and you become visible, in the penultimate loop you free yourself and in the last loop you create or co-create the change you want to make.
Why seven loops? To be honest, it just felt like the right number. Every time I drew the loops, there turned out to be seven of them. It probably has to do with the number of notes in music and the rhythm that is in the loops; after the seventh note (te) you go back to the first one (doh).
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